When we arrived at the farm we let ourselves in as Ellen and Reese and their super sparkly kids were at a symphony up in Vancouver. We noticed the toddy slow filtering in the kitchen and felt at home. In the morning over coffee the like mindedness emerged like popcorn. Not the stuff like "you make cheese so do we." For the first time I heard expressed something that I wrote about in The Good Life Lab, a thoughtful decision not to scale up a business. Like Mikey and I, Ellen and Reese said "no thanks" when the prompt came to expand the Montessori school that they founded which is booked solid. They know growth meant a reduction in quality of life. They looked around and noticed their abundance and said we have what we need. No coincidence, this was the fully loaded farm tended by folks not worn down and exhausted. The farm obviously requires labor and time. They raise sheep, duck, cows and chickens and grow their produce, manage an orchard and raise two kids! Did I mention they built their log cabin home? What's their secret? Balance, clear and smart priorities (not money), and low low debt. Speaking about their routines many times they used the word rhythm. I enjoyed getting to know Ellen and Reese and appreciated the reminder the left me with, to preserve balance and abundance (not wealth) at all costs!
(Images: Samara with a sheep that believes her to be it's mom. Awww. Chuck and Dee at Village Books)